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One Powerful Secret to Reduce Stress



Galatians 5:22-23 tells us, “The Spirit produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility and self-control.”





In this blog, you will learn the importance of humility in reducing stress and how you will grow in humility.

Christians believe in the Trinity, one God in three persons-God the Father, The Son in the Holy Spirit.


God the Father is our Creator. God the Son is Jesus Christ, who became one of us-our Savior. The Holy Spirit is the third person in the Trinity. It came to us when a few days after Jesus' assumption to heaven. The Holy Spirit is our helper, our advocate. The Holy Spirit will help so we can continue walking in the way of love as Jesus taught us.


As Christians, we receive the Holy Spirit's when we accept and believe in Jesus as our Savior.


One of the fruits of the Holy Spirit is HUMILITY.


Humility, according to Merriam-Webster, "is freedom from pride and arrogance."

It is freedom from putting your worth and value to your status, success, position in society, and whatever you have or do not have in life.


Proverbs 3:5 gives us a summary of what humility means


"Trusting in the Lord, your God with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding."


A humble person acknowledges that one can't be where they want to be without others' help.


A humble person acknowledges that there is something greater than him/her.

A humble person acknowledges that his/her strengths and giftedness

A humble person acknowledges his/her weaknesses and is willing to ask for help when needed.


The best model for humility is Jesus Christ. He is God, but He became human born in a manger. He was accused of a crime, crucified on the cross, but before His death, He forgives everyone involved in His death.

A humble person has less stress and lives a happy and peaceful life.


Why?


Arrogance causes stress in life. According to Merriam-Webster, arrogance is "An attitude of superiority manifested in an overbearing manner or presumptuous claims or assumptions."


Arrogant people are egoistic and think that they are the most important person in the room or the world. They believe that they know everything so, they get easily upset when someone gives them criticisms, even if they are constructive.


Arrogant people don't ask for help because they think they can do things without help from others.


Arrogant people will take on many responsibilities and are afraid to delegate because they think they are the only ones who can do it better.


Arrogant people think that the world will not continue to run without them. Their ideas are the best, so they get involved with other people's affairs and insist on their beliefs because they think they are superior.


Then, they get mad or feel degraded when their ideas are not considered.


Imagine you are this person? How stressful is that?


We are called to be humble, especially if you are a Christian. However, being humble is hard to do.


How do we develop humility?


Recall the time of your adversity. Remember your past pain and struggles. Think of the people who help you. Remember the series of events that take you out from that circumstance. Hopefully, this exercise will help you recall that it is not only on your might and strength that you can pass through difficulties in life. Be grateful for the help you receive.


Do not tie your worth to your success and your status. Put your worth and value as a person to your achievement or success or your society's position. You will become arrogant, for you will fail to see your real worth. It is also very stressful to keep up with your status.


I love these words from Og Mandino, "I will laugh at my successes, for they will shrink

to their true value.”

Pray. Ask the grace from God to remain humble. With God, nothing is impossible.

As they say, humility is a paradox. When you become aware that you are humble, you

lose it. So, it would be best if you had Supernatural help to improve in this area. You

need the help of God.


The excellent news, humility is a gift of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, it is within us. Pray

for humility.


I want to end this blog with a saying from St. Augustine,

"Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. Do you plan to build a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility."

Do you have a role-model for humility? What will you do to grow in humility?



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